Chief Engineer is the
second top officer after the Master onboard merchant vessels. Chief Engineer is
responsible for the smooth and efficient operation of all engines and
mechanisms on a ship. To be particular, his/ her duties include:
Faultless operation of an Engine Room;
Engine Room management;
ER log keeping;
Technical compliance of the vessel with
international and local regulations, participation with surveys and
Spares, engine fuel and oils orders;
ME maintenance, routine upkeep and repairs of
machines and mechanisms around the vessel;
Interaction with guest-technicians, technical
superintendents, suppliers, etc.
Chief Engineers often
are paid a Master’s salary for their labor. For instance, Chief Engineer for
Container Ship will earn about USD 8 000
depending on the vessel’s size and experience in rank.
CE on Bulk Carrier
will get a few hundred dollars more (USD
8 400 - USD 8 700 a month); whereas on Heavy Lift vessels or Reefers, on
the contrary, they pay a little less - USD 7 600 - USD 8000 per month.
Chief Engineer on
General Cargo vessel might expect from
USD 5700 to USD 6400, a little higher wage - USD 7000 - USD 7500 is on Multi-Purpose ships.
There is an increase
in Chief Engineer’s salary on tankers. It is around USD 11 000 to USD 13 000 depending on the size, type of tanker and
experience of the particular seafarer.
As for the offshore
fleet, salaries will start from USD 250
per day on a non-DP PSV (or similar) as there is no complicated equipment
onboard. The average level is USD 320 -
350 per day. These rates are paid on AHTS where powerful engines and
winches are installed. Meanwhile, wage may rise up to USD 485 per day on DSV or similar vessels. There is special
equipment that requires professional maintenance.